Regardless, I am at home using the format. Spent number of years
overseas every where working for DOD, worldwide comm. system.
Long range HF radio, satellite, marine cables, short range VHF/UHF/MW
networks, etc. One of them working with 8th RRFS in 'Nam during the war.
You're right, and this means clocks would have to run backwards half the
day and clockwise the other half. It wouldn't be hard to build clocks
like that, even mechanical ones. Electronic would probably be easier.
But we'll have to recycle all the existing clocks.
I've read before that this is a convention, that is, that it could have
worked either way but they arbitrarily chose this way.
But I don't think so
1:00 Post Meridiem is one hour after the middle of the day, and 12;01PM
is one minute after the noon.
So what about 12:00PM. Well that only occurs for an instant, a pico
second later, it's no longer noon. It is after noon. The entire
minute between 12:00PM and 12:01PM is after noon, afternoon, except for
the moment that is noon. Less than a pico-second. A time with no
length. Not a time period, not a period, just a time. That is noon.
Everything after that is PM.
So not a convention, but following clearly from the rest of the AM/PM
When I was a kid, there were no digital clocks or watches, so we learned
correctly that there is no such thing as 12:00AM or 12:00PM, only
midnight or noon. When digital timepieces came along, it was overly
complicated to design them to display "noon" or "midnight" for one
minute apiece each day, so now we have 12:00AM and 12:00PM. It seems
obvious to me that the convention of 12:00AM being midnight and 12:00PM
being noon is simply the result of how a digital clock works.
On Thursday, August 14, 2014 3:31:25 PM UTC-4, Bill Ghrist wrote:
An interesting re-invention of history.
I've existed a lot longer than the digital watch and like Ed, I knew as
a kid that 12AM was midnight, 12PM was noon. It's hard to imagine that
with the 12 hour clock system, that dates back many centuries, the issue
of whether noon is 12PM or 12AM or neither, never came up and it took the
digial watch for that to happen. I suspect 12PM being noon was arrived
at shortly after the concept went into use. It certainly was what I grew
up knowing in the 60s, before digital watches.
I also grew up when there were no digital clocks for the most part. There
were some but they had mechanical numbers that clicked off. No digital
watches that I know of in the mid 1950's when I learned to tell time.
I always refer to noon and not 12 PM, but would call it 12:01 PM. Same as
for AM being in the dark part of the night and midnight.
While not the offical calling, we were tought to think of the AM as being At
Morning and PM being Past Morning.
Not sure if there is an offical way or not to do it.
In the UK DST is called "British Summer Time" (BST). During WW2 and for
many years after, there was "British Double Summer Time": *two* hours of
Daylight Saving Time for a short period each year.
A few months back I ordered a book from the UK on a Saturday. Estimated
delivery was 3 to 6 weeks by surface mail. It was delivered in the USA
on the following Saturday.
The "free shipping" from NewEgg and other online vendors often involves
pickup by UPS, FedEx or DHL and transfer to the USPS for delivery. IOW,
USPS can deliver things more cheaply than any of those other services.
Just once a small package got lost between UPS and USPS (NewEgg shipped
a replacement), but other than that I have no complaints.
Order of decreasing significance (big-endian), month written with
letters (to avoid ambiguity). That's good, but is it June 14, 2008? It'd
be even better with 4 digits for the year.
BTW, It's also 1408110819 (Unix clock).
USPS is fine for the big junk mailers and 1st class individual pieces.
They deliver those right on time. Little mailers like my group (1500
pieces) gets no respect, no respect I tell you. Delivery within 75
mile radius is anywhere from 4 to 12 days for standard mail. First
class is supposed to be 1-2 days, but if we mail 1st class with imprint
instead of 1st class stamps, it's a week.
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